Indians are 11th at own tourney

Host Berkeley Springs is tied with two other teams heading into the final day of the Max Horz Invitational.

Host Berkeley Springs is tied with two other teams heading into the final day of the Max Horz Invitational.

December 16, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Berkeley Springs senior Brandon Clark knows that he has to start off with a bang and end even louder to cap off his prep wrestling career in fitting fashion.

Clark made all the noise he needed to in his first action of the year on his home mat Friday. The Indians' 119-pounder posted a 29-second, first-round pin followed by a 16-0 tech fall in the quarterfinals during day one of the 18th annual Max Horz Invitational.

"It's my last year, and it's at home. I have to win. Everyone's here to watch," said Clark, who took third at both the Max Horz and state A-AA tourneys at 119 last year.


"This tournament is just as hard, if not harder than the state tournament," he said. "You've got teams from everywhere here - single-A, double-A and triple-A all together. It's one of the biggest weekends of the year, and it's our season opener. We have a lot to prove."

Joining Clark in today's semifinals is teammate and fellow state bronze medalist Josh Clark, who racked up a pair of first-period pins at 189 Friday. Behind the Clarks, Berkeley Springs is in a three-way tie for 11th place - with Musselman and Southern Garrett - in the 17-team field with 51.5 points entering today's action.

Defending champ DeMatha Catholic leads the way with 103.5, while Hedgesville, the leading area team, is still in striking distance at fourth place with 79.

The Eagles, who sent nine wrestlers to the quarterfinals, have four still alive in the gold-medal hunt.

"We took some lumps but won a couple thrillers," said Hedgesville coach Bill Whittington. "I'm pleased, but I'm not satisfied."

Pacing the Eagles were Joe Shetler, who won by major decision at 103; Troy Foltz, who scored a first-period pin at 145; Danny Lord, who built a 20-6 lead before getting the fall at 152; and Brad Ammons, who overcame an 11-6 deficit with a second-period pin at 171.

For Lord, the defending AAA state champ at 145, the weekend is about redemption. The Eagles senior won Max Horz titles both his freshman and sophomore years before having to settle for third last year.

"A couple calls ...," Lord said of last year's tourney loss. "This year, I'm just trying to win it so the refs can't take care of it."

Rounding out the area teams is Martinsburg, which ended Friday in 10th place (52) with three wrestlers still in the championship rounds. In the quarterfinals for the Bulldogs, Chris Conner won by major decision at 125, Dane Henry won by fall at 130 and Ryan Bird needed just 59 seconds to advance at 275.

Leading the way for Musselman are Justin Jones at 135 and Joey Bott at 215. Jones was a 9-5 quarterfinals winner, while Bott pinned his way to the semis.

Mat action starts at 10 a.m. today with consolation bouts. The semifinals begin at 1 p.m. while the finals are set for 5.

18th Annual Max Horz Invitational


Team standings: 1. Dematha Catholic 103.5; 2. Jameswood 98.5; 3. Sherando 93.5; 4. Hedgesville 79; 5. Greensburg Central Catholic 72; 6. Nitro 64.5; 7. Clarke County 64; 8. Northern Garrett 62; 9. Strasburg 60.5; 10. Martinsburg 52; 11. (tie) Berkeley Springs, Musselman, Southern Garrett 51.5; 14. Cameron 50.5; 15. (tie) Frankfort, Wirt County 47; 17. Robert C. Byrd 35.


103: Cumpston (Cam) p. Graham (SG) :58; Shetler (H) md. Gore (Sh) 10-2; Kamp (NG) p. Rogers (WC) 1:31; Green (DC) p. Wolford (F) :20.

112: Rowe (DC) p. Taylor (Mu) 2:15; Bennett (Sh) d. Jenkins (CC) 8-3; Easter (N) p. Andrews (BS) 2:28; Sweet (JW) p. Zimmerman (H) 2:48.

119: Clark (BS) tf. Spedding (GCC) 16-0; Huffman (Sh) p. Conner (Ma) 1:46; Childs (CC) p. Antill (Cam) 3:40; Sanders (DC) p. Allen (N) 3:43.

125: Watkins (DC) p. Graham (CC) :59; Conner (Ma) md. Alley (Mu) 9-0; Fullmer (Sh) p. Kump (BS) 1:38; Allen (WC) md. Pettit (Cam) 19-6.

130: Easter (N) p. Crum (DC) :56; Musterman (St) d. Guard (NG) 8-7; Henry (Ma) p. Haddix (F) 5:33; Pienaar p. Bott (Mu) :53.

135: Rueda (DC) tf. Yoders (Cam) 15-0; Jones (Mu) d. McCoy (WC) 9-5; Myers (F) d. Ganoe (NG) 9-8; Scott (JW) p. Gregory (SG) :30.

140: Artusio (JW) p. Stout (St) :19; Dye (WC) tf. Whipkey (Cam) 15-0; Madia (RCB) p. Symons (Sh) 1:06; Wildesen (SG) tf. Jarvis (Ma) 16-1.

145: Parr (CC) d. Barnes (St) 7-4; Artusio (JW) p. Dovel (Sh) 1:44; Miller (WC) p. Moore (BS) 5:35; Foltz (H) p. Fawcett (DC) 1:05.

152: Lord (H) p. Waugh (BS) 5:46; Bosley (F) p. Hudson (Mu) 1:45; Smith (GCC) p. Hughes (Cam) 4:45; Kamp (NG) p. Weeks (SG) 3:55.

160: Casto (N) tf. Young (H) 19-3; Burke (St) p. Mason (BS) 2:55; Haney (CC) p. Brenneman (NG) 3:01; Smodic (GCC) p. Quisley (DC) 1:15.

171: Tressler (SG) p. Prevette (Ma) :31; Campbell (JW) p. Sebold (NG) 1:18; Cordial (GCC) p. Henry (St) 1:25; Ammons (H) p. Moore (BS) 3:47.

189: Clark (BS) p. Boggess (N) 1:13; Neff (St) p. Nelson (RCB) 1:59; McGee (Sh) p. Nicholson (H) 1:57; Stewart (DC) d. Yoder (NG) 7-1.

215: Nesselroot (JW) p. Simons (CAB) 1:20; Vorous (Sh) p. Phillips (H) 1:39; Bott (Mu) p. Deem (NG) 1:26; Jefferson (DC) p. Elston (Cam) 3:42.

275: Ryan Bird (Ma) p. Jones (H) :59; Lingsch (GCC) d. Olivero (SG) 4-3; Ross (SH) p. Lowe (WC) 3:04; Russel (JW) md. Patala (DC) 16-6.

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